PETALING JAYA: About 20 NGOs nationwide are being scrutinised by police for receiving foreign funds to allegedly topple the government, Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said.
He said these NGOs were registered under the Registrar of Societies (RoS), New Straits Times Online reported.
Nur Jazlan said this posed a threat to national security and investigations were being carried out by police.
He said 50,000 NGOs were registered with the RoS and there could be others receiving foreign aid as well.
Nur Jazlan singled out Bersih, which he said was a company registered under the RoS as an advertising company but was instead involved in rallies and demonstrations.
“They also allowed opposition leaders to become involved in their rallies, which are clearly motivated by a political agenda,” he said after attending the Johor Muslimah Young Entrepreneurs Icon Search 2016 in Johor Bahru today.
Nur Jazlan said once investigations were completed, a report would be sent to the attorney-general’s chambers for legal action.
On a poison pen letter, which surfaced on social media, allegedly implicating Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as the mastermind in provoking ministers to press for Prime Minister Najib Razak to quit, Nur Jazlan said the investigation was ongoing.
“Police are tracking down the culprit. But it would be difficult as these sort of poison pen letters are harder to trace,” he told the daily.